John Gibson made a highlight reel save that is going to haunt Vernon Fiddler’s dreams for the rest of the season. Down and out, Fiddler thought he had a wide open net before Gibson slid back to rob a sure goal.
In Sunday night’s contest between the Ducks and Dallas Stars, Fiddler had one of the best scoring chances a player could ask for. After Fiddler dumped the puck in on Gibson, Stars’ winger Curtis McKenzie followed up with a shot that was stopped by the Ducks goaltender. With the puck squirting back out in front of the goal, Fiddler followed up and patiently waited for a bit of net to open up. With Gibson entirely out of position — or so it seemed — Fiddler fired. Gibson’s save was remarkable:
The stop was one of 39 the 21-year-old Gibson made on the night as the Ducks went on to a 3-1 victory over Dallas.
It’s not surprising to see Gibson make the sprawling save, though. Since returning from the AHL, Gibson has posted a 6-3 record and has allowed less than three goals in five of his nine starts. The stint in the AHL came after a groin injury sidelined Gibson for 22 games spanning from late-October to mid-December.
Now back in the lineup to replace the injured Frederik Andersen, Gibson has kept the Ducks firmly in position as the top seed in the Pacific Division.